Food Coordinator/Analyst

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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    2 months ago
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  • Category: Enforcement
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 27-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: MPI21/1507852
  • Job Title: Food Coordinator/Analyst
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Do you have a passion for food safety?

Do you have top notch communication and organisational skills?


Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

The Food Compliance Services Group at MPI are looking for a food coordinator/analyst with an eye for detail, an enquiring mind and excellent written and verbal communication skills.  The position is to be based in Wellington. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the growing Food Compliance Services Team at MPI where you can use your unique blend of technical and personal skills, while making a difference in ensuring only safe and suitable food is sold in food businesses across Aotearoa New Zealand

The Food Coordinator will work closely with Food Compliance team members to support operational responses and investigations on food incidents, including food recalls.  You will be working with members of the public and the food industry to resolve a range of compliance issues.  The role is also responsible for ensuring efficient recording of and response to food incidents and emergencies.


Mōu – About You

The successful candidate will have:

  • Well-developed interpersonal skills able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing to wide ranging audiences.
  • Ability to build and enhance successful relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent time management and work prioritising skills.
  • Proven ability to successfully work independently as well as part of a team to fulfil a common objective.
  • Proven ability in managing information in both electronic and hard copy formats.
  • Proven ability to find robust but pragmatic solutions to complex problems in short time frames.
  • The ability to be innovative, forward thinking and committed to continuous improvement.
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office suite of products and database skills

The ideal candidate would also have some or all of the following:

  • Knowledge of the legislation MPI regulates.
  • Experience working in food safety and/or the food industry.
  • Experience in relationship management with internal and external stakeholders.

If you seek challenges and are comfortable in dealing with both industry and the public we want to hear from you.


Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries is helping to seize export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk.

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here


Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua: – Benefits of working at MPI

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days over the Christmas period
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Comprehensive one-week MPI Induction Programme
  • Parental leave ex-gratia payment
  • Bi-annual MPI-paid eye test and contribution to the costs of corrective lenses/frames
  • Flexible working – we support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible

The salary for this role is circa $57,000 to $67,000 depending on skills and experience

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Ngā Taki Whakahaumaru – Security checks

Low level Security Clearance

  • most preferably a NZ citizen, who has resided continuously in NZ for at least the last five (5) years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last five (5) years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA); and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.
  • click here to find out more about the national security vetting process and access the eligibility self-check tool.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.


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Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.

The closing date is Wednesday 10th February 2021

If you have any questions about the role, please email [email protected]  




The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you’ll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you’re growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.